Sunday 22 April 2018

Kevin Myers: Grisly pseudo-feminist circus being played out in Murdoch's news arena is beyond all parody

Kevin Myers

The first intelligent observations that I've read since the eruption of the Sian Massey sexism-in-football affair came from my colleague Aidan O'Hara -- perhaps helped by the fact that A) he knows what he's talking about and B) is not frightened by the right-on journalistic mob to deal with the issue of women referees.

He noted -- quite rightly -- that the youngest English referee in the game, Stuart Atwell, aged 26, has come in for unrelenting criticism on ageist grounds, though none of the sanctimonious media mob has leapt in to defend him. And we know why: he is a male, and there's no percentage in defending a male in our current culture unless he is gay or black or a Traveller (note the legally mandatory capital letter).

That this grisly pseudo-feminist circus is being played out in Rupert Murdoch's News International/News Corps arena is beyond all parody. After all, NI owns 'The Sun', which gave western civilisation the page-three models. I am also indebted to Aidan for his recording this deathless introduction by Kay Burley on Sky News: "Joining me now to discuss sexism in sport is former WAG Lizzie Cundy."

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